Thursday, 24 August 2017

Soap this, Soap that: Glycerine Dew

Hello,

I have decided to introduce this new segment to help troubleshoot the more common soap making roadblocks and issues many soap makers stumble across. I named the segment "Soap this, Soap that" because when I first started soap making I was like a child with a new toy. It seemed like all I did was make soap and sleep; and eventually my family would tease that everything out of my mouth was either "soap this or soap that". So there you go, a little back story to go with the segment. :)

This week we will be looking at "glycerine dew".

This picture shows a classic example of glycerine dew in these Cold process soap bars with Melt & Pour toppers.


 What exactly is glycerine dew?

Glycerine dew (also called glycerine tears or glycerine sweat) is a phenomena seen in glycerine (or Melt and Pour) soaps. It appears as little drops on the surface of soap due to the high amounts of glycerine contained within.

Glycerine is a humectant, and attracts moisture from the atmosphere to itself. You can understand how this will be very good for the skin. This can help keep the skin constantly hydrated and prevent dry, crackling skin especially during the harmattan season. From a soap maker's point, however, this could be a bother. Glycerine soap tends to sweat more in specific conditions and one of those is high humidity. Now according to my atmospheric temperature reading the humidity in Nigeria has been at an average of 70 over the last couple of weeks. That is absolutely horrible for my glycerine soaps as you can see.

So, how to get rid of/handle glycerine dews:
1. Invest in a dehumidifier (which i haven't done yet but this episode just might hasten my plans).
2. Don't put glycerine soap in the freezer. (You might be tempted to for easy unmoulding - DON'T!!)
3. Use Low Sweat Melt and Pour. (I haven't used it yet but i've heard good things).
4. Wrap glycerine soap in heat shrink immediately after unmoulding. (This will help a lot!!)
5. Ignore it - it's harmless. Wipe it off gently after cure when used as topper for CP soap.

I hope this helps.
Have you experienced glycerine dew before? How did you handle it? Leave a comment below to share your experience.

Happy Soaping.

Love,

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Soap Making Training Course : April Edition

Hi there,

We have been receiving requests for an April edition of the Soap making training course and have decided to oblige. The training dates are the 29th and 30th of April in Abuja.


Send your details to our customer service on 08174887472 

OR 

Send an email to info@shopsoapetal.com

OR
Register on or webstore -->  REGISTER NOW!

Please note that there are only 5 slots left for participants so I would hurry. The next soap making training course after this session will be in August/September God willing. 


Contact us if you require further information.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Natural Soap Making Training Course

Hello and thank you for your interest in our soapmaking training course. We have an on-going promo for students interested in taking the FULL course (all 3 modules) at N60,000.

Find the course content below:

COURSE CONTENT:

 Module 1 : Beginner's Soap making

This is the introductory course that will include all the major aspects of natural soap making, including lye safety, saponification values, curing and soap fails. It will be slightly scientific as we discuss the chemistry of soap making and you also get a free basic soap recipe. 
***Includes a compulsory individual practical that will be supervised by our tutors.



 Module 2 : Introduction to Artisan Soap making 

This is an artisan soap making class. Here you will learn how to add art to your creations to give them a more unique and characteristic look. We will deal with both natural colors, pigments and dyes. You will also get to learn and practice soap making design techniques.


***Includes a compulsory individual practical that will be supervised by our tutors.

 Module 3 : Advanced Soap making 

This is a more advanced course. Here you will learn how to formulate your own soap recipes, how to choose the right oils, how to incorporate additives like milk, honey, botanical extracts and exotic oils to your soaps. You will also get to create your very own recipe.
***Includes a compulsory individual practical that will be supervised by our tutors.

Please note that Module 1 is the foundation of the entire course and is required as a prerequisite for taking Modules 2 and 3. This means that it is a dompluseorh module irrespective of your skill level. 

Your fees will include :
1) All materials (equipment and raw materials) for both the lectures and practicals
2) Drinks and light snacks during the training.
3) Automatic membership to "The Handmade Club" where you can get to interact with your tutors, past, present and future participants of our training courses - even after the courses have ended. The Handmade Club is a small community of like minded individuals from all over the country where you get two important things: knowledge and a support system. You will also be privy to new products, promotions and other information before it is publicly announced.

If you have any further questions, contact us on 08174887472 via text or Whatsapp.